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Anna May Wong (1905 - 1961)

The Chinese-American actress was the first Asian Hollywood star. Her career started, in 1922, within films for which she always portrayed the exotic venomous heroine. Frustrated by the stereotype roles Hollywood offered, the actress travelled to Europe where she gained much recognition and became a fashion icon before returning to America where anti-miscegenation laws limited her career. Not finding her place in her native country, she decided to visit China at the end of the 1930s where the communist propaganda rejected her. She came back to America where she played minor roles until the 1950s. Anna May Wong perfectly illustrates the 'East meets West' conflict, finding herself at the boarders of two cultures that disdained her; her desire to become a Hollywood star was challenged by Chinese beliefs such as her mantra: 'Don't be photographed too much or you'll lose your soul'.

Tags / Anna May Wong - 1930s - Chinese Actress - Muses - Cinematic Women - Fashion
Portrait Anna May Wong by Ruth Harriet Louise, 1927
Portrait Anna May Wong by Ruth Harriet Louise, 1927
Portrait of Anna May Wong by George Hurrell 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong by George Hurrell 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong  1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong in
Portrait of Anna May Wong in "Limehouse Bue"s directed by Alexandre Hall 1934
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938
Anna May Wong for Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Anna May Wong for Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Anna May Wong and Warner Oland in Daughter of the Dragon  directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Anna May Wong and Warner Oland in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Island of Lost Men directed by Kurt Neumann 1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Island of Lost Men directed by Kurt Neumann 1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express directed by Josef von Stenberg 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express directed by Josef von Stenberg 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Limehouse Blues directed by Alexander Hall, 1934
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Limehouse Blues directed by Alexander Hall, 1934
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Otto Dyar, 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Otto Dyar, 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Anna May Wong 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1925
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1925
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Eugene Robert Richee, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Eugene Robert Richee, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Ruth Harriet Louise, Late 1920s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Ruth Harriet Louise, Late 1920s
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Anna May Wong on the set of Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong , 1938/1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong , 1938/1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong , 1938/1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong , 1938/1939
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Edwin Bower Hesser, 1920s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Edwin Bower Hesser, 1920s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Paul Tanqueray, 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Paul Tanqueray, 1931
Anna May Wong in On the Spot, Forrest Theatre, Broadway, 1930
Anna May Wong in On the Spot, Forrest Theatre, Broadway, 1930
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Eugene Robert Richee, 1930s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Eugene Robert Richee, 1930s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Freulich, early 1930s
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Freulich, early 1930s
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Robert Florey, 1937
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Brawell Fletcher and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Brawell Fletcher and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Brawell Fletcher and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Brawell Fletcher and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Peter Pan directed by Herbert Brenon, 1924. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Peter Pan directed by Herbert Brenon, 1924. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong, 1932
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931. Photo by Otto Dyar
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Chu Chin Chow directed by Walter Forde, 1934
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Chu Chin Chow directed by Walter Forde, 1934
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931. Photo by Talmage Morrison
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931. Photo by Talmage Morrison
Anna May Wong, 1938
Anna May Wong, 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Portrait of Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee
Anna May Wong, 1938
Anna May Wong, 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Edward Curtis Studio, 1920's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Edward Curtis Studio, 1920's
Anna May Wong, 1938
Anna May Wong, 1938
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Cannons, 1920's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Cannons, 1920's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Paul Tanqueray, 1928
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Paul Tanqueray, 1928
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Otto Dyar, late 1920's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Otto Dyar, late 1920's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Irving Chidnoff, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Irving Chidnoff, 1930's
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Dorothy Wilding, 1930
Portrait of Anna May Wong by Dorothy Wilding, 1930
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of Shanghai directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan  1931
Portrait of Anna May Wong for Daughter of the Dragon directed by Lloyd Corrigan 1931
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